National Programmes Celebration event- postponed
For those who have not yet been informed, please note that we have postponed our celebration event due to take place on the 27th June until the Autumn. The British Museum will be in touch when this new date has been confirmed and they apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Volunteers for Museum Learning Award- call for applications- closing date 13 July 2018
There’s less than a month to go for applications for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award, presented by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust! Celebrating the contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom, this award recognises their achievements and dedication, as well as the innovative ways they are engaging with the visiting public.
There will be twelve regional winners, each of whom will receive a £500 prize. Additionally, an overall national winner will receive a further £2000. The awards will be presented at the British Museum in September.
Volunteers are able to apply themselves or you can apply on their behalf. Multiple entries from the same museum, gallery or heritage site are welcome. To apply, please visit the British Museum website.
The closing date for applications is Friday 13th July 2018
From the British Museum:
SAVE THE DATE: 27 June, 19.00- 21.00, British Museum National Programme celebration event
The British Museum would like to invite partner museum colleagues to join us for a celebration of the national programme and the successes of the partnership over the last two years. There will be an opportunity to hear more about programme and plans for the future, as well as a private view of the special exhibition Rodin and the art of Ancient Greece. Invitations will follow soon.
CALL FOR PARTNERS: New Partnership Touring Exhibition
We are looking for partners to host a new partnership touring exhibition, First cities and the frontiers of Empire, which explores ancient Sumer, the world’s first literate urban civilisation, and will highlight the cultural diversity of Iraq as a region on the frontline of a power struggle between the Roman and Parthian empires. This exhibition will raise awareness of the challenges faced in protecting Iraqi cultural heritage under threat. The exhibition will also highlight the work of the British Museum’s Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Training Scheme by linking star objects with the latest archaeological discoveries in the country. If you are interested, please complete the Expression of Interest form and return to Eleanor Chant by Friday 4 May 2018.
CALL FOR PARTNERS: HLF Skills for the Future programme: Museum Futures
We are looking for seven partner museums to host trainees in the 2019 cohort year of the British Museum’s new Museum Futures programme. The programme aims to invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals to equip them with a dynamic understanding of digital data management, preservation and access practices relating to museum collections.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Museum Futures programme will provide training opportunities for a wide range of young people to work in the museum sector, and open up careers in museums to people from groups which are currently under-represented in the museum workforce. High-quality work experience will equip 27 trainees over three one-year intakes with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a career in museums and galleries, or wider heritage, sector. Trainees will be paid and will receive training to complete a Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage.
Please see this document for more information about the Museum Futures programme and how to apply to be a host venue. Completed expressions of interest should be sent to Maria Bojanowska by Monday 14 May 2018.
REMINDER: CALL FOR PAPERS: Museums and digital memory: from creation and curation to digital preservation. Free conference and debate at the British Museum, Monday 3 September 2018
The British Museum’s National Programmes team and the Digital Preservation Coalition invite you to contribute towards a day of workshops, discussion and debate on the subject of digital content in museums. We want to explore best practice in how we as a sector create, curate and preserve digital content – not just the exciting outward-facing side of digital technology in museums, but the often overlooked back-of-house digital preservation work that is essential to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of these efforts.
Central to the day is the question: if museums are memory institutions, how do we ensure that we maintain access to the digital memory that we’re creating now for our future audiences? Further details on how to submit a proposal can be found online in our Call for Papers. Please send proposals Georgia Mallin by Monday 30 April 2018.
CALL FOR PARTNERS: New Partnership Touring Exhibition
A new partnership touring exhibition, Modern Design and Graphics, combines works on paper with objects in different media to reveal the close but often neglected relationships between two-and three-dimensional works. These juxtapositions highlight the common concerns shared by artists in different fields of production. Further details of the exhibition are attached. We are seeking three partners to host the exhibition between March – November 2019. If you are interested, please complete the Expression of Interest form and return to Eleanor Chant by Friday 23 February 2018.
CALL FOR PARTNERS: Knowledge Exchange 2018
We are seeking five partner organisations to take part in this year’s Knowledge Exchange programme. Designed to enable the sharing of skills and expertise, and support individual professional development, the programme offers fully-funded staff exchanges between British Museum and partner colleagues. If you would like your organisation to take part, please send an expression of interest by Monday 19 February to Georgia Mallin, UK Partnerships Co-ordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details on the programme and how to apply are here.
BOOKING OPEN: Money & Medals Network Day Conference 2018
Booking is open for the Money and Medals Network Day Conference to be held At the British Museum on Friday 23 March. Full details, including the programme of events, can be found on the conference’s Eventbrite page. The event is free to attend, open to anyone working or volunteering with numismatic collections in UK museums and other public institutions, and lunch is provided. Booking is essential!
***DEADLINE APPROACHING*** INVITATION TO TENDER: British Museum PASt Explorers Project
Please find attached an invitation to submit a tender for the evaluation of The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme PASt Explorers project activities. This is a five year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to widen the PAS’s volunteer capacity. The deadline is 31st January 2018. We would greatly appreciate it if you could circulate the tender to any evaluators who might be interested.
NEW training opportunity: Getting Loan Ready
Colleagues are invited to register their interest for this free four-day residential course of in-depth training on borrowing at the British Museum from 23-26 January 2018. The training is designed for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of the loans process so that their organisations will be better able to borrow from national collections in future. Generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, there are travel and accommodation bursaries available for all delegates.
Places are limited to 10 delegates, and will be allocated by the British Museum. As the training has so far only been delivered in England, museum colleagues applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be prioritised. All expressions of interest must be received by 15 November 2017 via the Eventbrite booking form here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/getting-loan-ready-registration-38841343504
NEW Collections Skills Sharing sessions
Booking is now open for the final round of free collections skills sharing sessions at the British Museum. Designed for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector, there are travel bursaries available thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite using the links below:
- Integrated Pest Management: Pests, Risks and Habitat – Wednesday 15th November
- Eastern Pictorial Art Handling – Friday 17th November
- Exhibition Installation Scheduling – Thursday 7th December
- Storage of Ethnographic Collections Material: Challenges and Solutions – Thursday 25th January 2018
NEW resource: Palaeo Network UK (PALNETUK)
Colleagues are invited to join a new a forum for the archaeological and scientific understanding of the Pleistocene and Palaeolithic record in the United Kingdom: PALNETUK. It aims to support communication and networking across the sector to improve our approach to the human and environmental records of the Ice Age. As a first step in developing this network we invite you to join the mailing list, hosted by JISCMAIL. To subscribe, please email the words “SUBSCRIBE PALNETUK” to PALNETUK-REQUEST@JISCMAIL.AC.UK. Further information on PALNETUK is attached.
The next round of British Museum collections skills sharing sessions are now bookable online. The following training sessions will be running in September and October:
- Care and Storage of European Glass – 5 September 2017
- Integrated Pest Management: Pests, Risks and Habitat – 13 September 2017
- Heavy Object Collections Care: Introduction – 20 September 2017
- Pinning – 2 October 2017
- Mounting and Storage of Prints and Drawings – 16 October 2017
These sessions are free and open to all colleagues working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Travel bursaries are also available upon request.
For more information contact Georgia Mallin, UK Partnerships Co-ordinator – email@example.com
CALL FOR PARTNERS: New partnership exhibition
Rodin: rethinking the fragment is being developed in conjunction with the forthcoming major British Museum exhibition on Rodin in 2018. This Spotlight loan will draw on one of the main themes of the major exhibition, exploring how Rodin was influenced by the art of ancient Greece and Rome. They are seeking three partners to host the exhibition between August 2018 – April 2019. Further details can be seen here. If you are interested in hosting the exhibition, please complete the Expression of Interest form and send to Eleanor Chant by Wednesday 16 August – EChant@britishmuseum.org
REMINDER: British Museum Conference 31 August 2017: Get what you give? The value and benefits of proactively lending collections
Booking is open to attend the British Museum’s free National Programmes conference on Thursday 31 August 2017. Open to anyone working in or with UK museums, the conference aims to explore how museums of every size, as well as non-museum spaces with collections, can be encouraged and supported to proactively lend to each other and to borrow from wider sources.
Confirmed speakers include Arts Council England, the Art Fund and Touring Exhibitions Group, with keynotes from Museums Sheffield and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. Further information on the programme and how to book can be found via Eventbrite.
NEW: British Museum Seminar 14 September 2017: Making meaning in museums: (How) Is community participation research?
The British Museum is hosting a free seminar exploring how and why we might locate museum participation and co-creative practice within the more established methodologies of action/participatory research (for example Anthropology, Health and Development studies), drawing on the Museum’s current HLF-funded Object Journeys programme. The aim of this seminar is to question this divide and explore the impact of framing all the multiple ways of knowing, finding out and creating information as variations of research.
Further information on the programme and how to request a place can be found via Eventbrite.
NEW: Collections Skills Sharing Session 7 August 2017 – ‘Collections Moves: A Case Study’
Booking is now open for a free collections skills sharing session on Monday 7 August at the British Museum, using a recent emergency decant as a case study for collections moves. The session is for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector, with travel bursaries available for those who might otherwise not be able to attend thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite.
REMINDER: Marsh Awards – 3 weeks to go!
Applications are still open for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award, presented by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust. The award celebrates the contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom. Winners of the twelve regional awards will each receive a £500 prize. An overall national winner will also be chosen and they will receive an additional £2,000. Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at the British Museum in September 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the British Museum website. The closing date for applications is Friday, 14 July 2017.
Monday 26th June 2017
The British Museum
11:00 – 15:00
You are invited to a workshop at the British Museum designed to better understand the priorities for the sector around digital preservation practices.
The workshop will contribute to research being conducted in the development a HLF Skills for the Future programme: The Digital Heritage Discovery that if successful will invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals to equip them with a dynamic understanding of digital data management, preservation and access practices relating to museum collections.
27 trainees, based in museums across the UK, will form a proactive network through which essential digital skills, tools and workflows are developed and shared between trainees, host museums and the wider sector. Trainees will tackle key challenges of digital management, from securing at-risk legacy data to maximising the value of digital assets such as photographs. Positive action recruitment will seek to appoint trainees who demonstrate a natural digital talent and benefit the diversity profiles of their host museum. After a year of on-the-job training, trainees will be able to harness essential skills and act as champions in the sector, placing digital best practice at the heart of all areas of museum work.
If you are able to attend, please contact Maria Bojanowska, Head of National Programmes on firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 19th June. If you would like to attend but do not have the funds to travel, please mention this in your reply.
FREE WORKSHOP: Exploring Ancient Cyprus Collections in UK Museums
Places are still available for this one-day informal workshop at the British Museum. Designed for UK curators and museum staff working with collections of antiquities from Cyprus, the day will include talks and practical sessions by British Museum staff and specialists from leading UK museums with Cypriot material. For more information on the day and how to apply for a place, please see this document.
FREE CONFERENCE: Get what you give? The value and benefits of proactively lending collections
Registration is now open to attend this year’s National Programmes conference, which will explore the subject of lending and will be held at the British Museum on 31 August 2017. Tickets are free and open to anyone working in or with the UK museums and heritage sector, thanks to the support of the Vivmar Foundation. Places for the conference can be booked via Eventbrite here.